MJ News for June 26-30, 2017

Another school year is coming to an end; it’s always hard to believe until it happens! I am so proud of everything our students and staff have accomplished this year at MJ. We could not do everything we do without the incredible support from our MJ families and friends! The number of adults who go over and above is incredible! Thank you again to all our volunteers for all you do! We are always looking for help and just happen to have spots open. Please read the following from our Council Chair, Sunnie Hallman:

A BIG thank you to all who came out to our Dinner & a Movie Night at MJ! The weather was great (until it wasn’t….but rain never hurt anyone), the smiles were big, and it was a fantastic way to enjoy our MJ community. We set a goal to raise $3,000 with this event and we made it!!!! Funds will go towards chrome books, buses for Field Trips, new tables for classrooms, the Home Reading Program, Grade 6 Grad and more! THANK YOU! 

Over the summer, Council will be deciding on fundraising ideas for next year so we can figure out what is most beneficial to the school and be able to communicate these events to the community at the beginning of the year. If you have any suggestions or would like to be a part of the Fundraising Committee; please email sunniehallman@hotmail.ca.

Additionally, as always, we are looking for volunteers who can help out in any way at MJ. We are all busy but more hands makes for less work. Programs such as Math Kits may not run next year (90 minutes; one day per week) without some new volunteers. Please consider this awesome program and let us know if you can help. If you are not able to commit to one thing in particular but would like to be added to our email list when we are looking for help for a specific event; please email maryjohnstoncouncil@gmail.com and we will notify you when help is needed.

 Our first meeting is on Wednesday, September 20th. Please come out to hear about our plans for 2017-2018.  Childcare is available.

Thank you for your continued support, have a wonderful summer and we will see you next year!

MJ Council

Safe, Caring and Inclusive Schools 

Excerpt 11 Bullying – From “Be a Coach” chapter:

“Bullying is the opposite of a healthy peer relationship – it is a destructive relationship.” http://www.prevnet.ca/sites/prevnet.ca/files/HealthyRelationshipsPaper.pdf

Bullying can happen in the home, at school, or in the community. It is a learned behaviour and must not be condoned.

Bullying is a relationship problem that requires relationship solutions. It happens when children use power aggressively to control or distress others. It is typically repeated, and, through repetition, the power difference between the child or youth who bullies and the child or youth who is victimized increases. Conflict mediation strategies are not appropriate interventions with bullying because bullying involves an imbalance of power.

”Children gain power over others in many ways that adults often miss. It may be a difference in age, size, or intelligence, but it may also be social power or knowing another’s sensitivity related to race, disability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic disadvantage.” – Debra Pepler, Canadian Bullying expert

At any time, to read the full healthy relationships booklet, you can go to: http://www.ontariodirectors.ca/Parent_Engagement/2014_PE_Docs/40714_Code_ParentToolKit_E.pdf

Thank you to parent, Jill Magazine, for providing the excerpts from the Parent Engagement toolkit!

Upcoming Dates to Remember!

June 26 – Report Cards go home today

June 28 – 1:00- 2:00pm Grade 6 Graduation

June 29 – Last Day of School, have a wonderful summer

June 30 –  PD day for students

Sept. 5 – First Day of School! Welcome Back

Sept. 14 – Meet the Staff and Used Book Sale 6:30-8pm

Sept. 20 – First School Council Meeting, 7:00pm in the Library